My name is Daniel Jack Paproth. I like to include my middle name out of respect for my late grandfather, “Big Jack”, a man I admired who passed away in 2006, a man I would have liked to have known better. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
I’m 21 years old, lover of music, live music, good comedies and sport. I can’t write or perform music, I’m not funny enough to make a career out of being funny, and I definitely can’t play sport. This all led me to one thing I am good at – writing.
Many Australian (Victorian, non-Victorians will argue) children dream of becoming an AFL player, of kicking the winning goal after the siren in the Grand Final. It was a situation I lived out whenever I had a football in my hands, but I soon came to understand my complete lack of talent would prevent me from realising that dream. So I decided to write about it instead.
I had my own football league (the aptly titled “DAFL”), which involved me running from our backyard to the frontyard with my treasured Auskick footy, playing out the latest match. I also had a word doc, which I updated profusely with scores, goalkickers, best players, Brownlow votes, stats, news, anything else that I felt was important.
When I couldn’t play, due to it being past my bedtime, I annoyed my parents by commentating games for hours as I drifted off to sleep at night.
I was older than I care to say when the DAFL finally dissolved.
Writing is part of who I am. In Grade Two, under the guidance of the very cool Mr Mac, I wrote more stories than anyone else in the class. I still have every single one of them – among them were Men In Black III (I was well ahead of the times), which saw aliens invading a football game at the Gabba until Agents K and J saved the day, and numerous stories involving Geelong (my footy team) winning games against all-comers by sizable margins (again, I was well ahead of the times).
This interest in sport, footy (and a little later, cricket) in particular led me down the path of sports writing. I am currently lucky enough to be employed at the Melbourne Weekly, where I am the “sports guy” and I have had articles on football and cricket published for a whole range of publications since I was 16.
This is a blog for interviews and stories I’ve found interesting, live music reviews and assorted ramblings. Enjoy, and please, write as many comments as you want!